I live in New York City and I'm surrounded by books all day and when I go home I have more books waiting for me. Read my "About" page on top to see what I mean. I just want to share my book experiences and my love of all-things-books, with hopefully the occasional review thrown in. If you wish to contact me, the address is polishoutlanderATgmailDOTcom

A Catching Up Post on Reading

Happy New Year everyone!
I am using this time in between semesters to catch up on some blogging, so here it goes…
I’m taking two courses starting at the end of the month, one of them called Animals in Medieval Literature, with the same professor that I had for my Canterbury Tales class. Plus, I’m taking [...]

Book Project Review: The Scandal of the Season by Sophie Gee

London, 1711. As the rich, young offspring of the city’s most fashionable families fill their days with masquerade balls and clandestine court-ships, Arabella Fermor and Robert, Lord Petre, lead the pursuit of pleasure. Beautiful and vain, Arabella is a clever coquette with a large circle of beaus. Lord Petre, seventh Baron [...]

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick

Unwanted and unloved, Miriel Weaver finds herself forced into a closed convent by her violent stepfather. Outside, the civil war of 1216 rages through the English countryside, throwing into jeopardy all that its people hold dear. As the turmoil outside reaches a peak, Miriel itches to break free from her life inside as a religious [...]

Book Project Review: Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan

In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few. Two [...]

Book Project Review: Mary of Nazareth by Marek Halter

Summary: Mary was born into a Palestine oppressed by Herod the Great; she is accustomed to living with uncertainty and unrest. But when her beloved father is wrongly imprisoned by the Romans, she takes action. She calls upon a well-known rebel by the name of Barabbas, and together they set out to save her father. [...]

Book Project Review: The Hallowed Isle by Diana L. Paxson

The Hallowed Isle: Book One: The Book of the Sword: Mighty Rome subjugated the isle of Britain only to abandon it, leaving behind a bloody patchwork of warring tribes. The fragile peace imposed by the conquerors has been shattered, compelling Artoria Argantel — Lady of the Lake and Druid priestess — to call upon the [...]

Book Project Review: The Third Witch by Rebecca Reisert

Summary: In this stirring debut novel, Rebecca Reisert enters the world of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in which a young woman’s search for vengeance plunges her into a legendary tale of deceit, murder, and retribution….I have made my life an arrow, and His heart is my home. I have made my life a blade, and His heart [...]

Belated Post: Book One of Book Reading Project: Fail!

I had just realized that I never posted this even though I had saved it as a draft. This was the first post I had written in my quest to read as many books as possible that are in my adult fiction bookshelves. So here it is now:
So I finally decided to start on mine [...]

Book Review: She by H. Rider Haggard

SHE by H. Rider Haggard (First Published in 1886/Penguin Red Classics Edition 2007)
Summary: On his twenty-fifth birthday, Leo Vincey opens the silver casket that his father has left to him. It contains a letter recounting the legend of a white sorceress who rules an African tribe and of his father’s quest to find this remote [...]

Book Review: Property Of by Alice Hoffman

Property Of by Alice Hoffman (1978)
Summary: The Night of the Wolf. On the Avenue in the bleak area where New York City blends into suburbia, the Orphans, their fast Fords and their Chevys ‘coated by ice and leather and white dust’, prepare to engage in deadly, intricately structured games of combat. It is [...]